Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 25

The Inner Light

Aired Unknown Jun 01, 1992 on CBS

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  • One of the best sci-fi episodes period. Of any series.

    Inner light is one of those defining episodes which you save for a rainy day. It’s the kind you pull out of your pocket when people are questioning your ability, and you want to knock their socks of so hard that they would have trouble walking for a month afterwards. This episode was so tragic, creative, and insightful it is hard to put into words. The entire theme, the pacing, the emotion of the episode is of high quality, more than you would think would go into a single episode of a sci-fi show. It had one of those Movie Magnitudes about it, a Great Novel vibe to it. It’s still hard for me to believe how Picard was able to recover from this incident, and still have the resolve to be a captain. How he had kids, but they never existed in relativity. Everyone he knew dies and yet he wakes up and is told that only a few seconds have past. Simply amazing, it’s hard to put into words.
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